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Julia Izumi (she/her/hers) is a writer, performer, and educator who makes plays, musicals, theatrical nonsense, and everything in between.
Her work has been developed and presented at Manhattan Theatre Club as part of the Ted Snowdon Reading Series, Clubbed Thumb, Bushwick Starr, WP Theater, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, WP Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, the CAATA National Asian-American ConFest, FringeNYC, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Rorschach Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, the NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop, and Corkscrew Theatre Festival.
She has received the NY Society Library's Emerging Women's Artist Grant, a Puffin Artists' Grant, and the inaugural Dr. Kerry English Award from Ojai Playwrights Conference. Her plays have been a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference ((An Audio Guide for) Unsung Snails and Heroes), an honorable mention on the Kilroys List (miku, and the gods.), and won the Dorry Award for Outstanding New Play (Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea).
Previous memberships include the Clubbed Thumb Early-Career Writers’ Group, the New Georges Audrey Residency, The COOP's Clusterf**k, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, BMI’s Librettists Workshop and Theatre Masters. She is currently a Resident at New Dramatists. Currently under commission from MTC/Sloan, True Love Productions, and Playwrights Horizons. She received her MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University.
As a performer, she has performed at and with HERE, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts, Mabou Mines, Lust & Liberty, UglyRhino Productions, Communal Spaces with The Motor Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. She is the 2011 recipient of the Goddard Rhetorical Prize for excellence in performance at Tufts University, where she earned her B.A. in Drama.
She has completed one half-marathon and has kept a fish alive for one month.